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Bizarre (1970)

Richard Schulman , Janet Spearman , Antony Balch , William S. Burroughs  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Richard Schulman, Janet Spearman, Dorothy Grumbar, Anthony Rowlands, Norma Eden
  • Directors: Antony Balch, William S. Burroughs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009NSE6K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bizarre" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New Digital Transfer in the Original Aspect Ratio of 1.66:1
  • Audio Commentary from Executive Producer Richard Gordon and Film Historian and Author, Tom Weaver
  • Two Short Films from Antony Balch and William S. Burroughs: THE CUT UPS and TOWERS OPEN FIRE
  • Video Interview with BIZARRE Writer, Elliott Stein
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Liner Notes
  • Chapter Selections

Editorial Reviews

Journey into the mind of the undead, as a talking mummy guides us on grand tour of the timeless battle of the sexes between man and woman. A cult classic from Executive Producer Richard Gordon (FIEND WITHOUT A FACE, ISLAND OF TERROR), BIZARRE is an offbeat anthology film that certainly defies description. An interesting mix of sex, horror and humor filmed in varied styles, this is certainly one of the strangest films you are ever likely to see. It is truly... BIZARRE!

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I can stand anything, except being dirty..." July 8, 2005
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Do you like to groove on unadulterated images of pillowy, half-nekkid English women from the late 1960s? Or perhaps a heaping helping of wiry, English males showing off their bum cake is more your cup of tea? How about a grouping of seeming meaningless stories involving people in half dressed states, strung together by the narration of an ancient mummy with the cordial, voluble, eloquent voice of Valentine Dyall (the actual mummy was played by writer Elliot Stein)? It's all here, along with a whole lot more, in this psuedo erotic horror English anthology aptly titled Bizarre (1970), originally known as The Secrets of Sex, brought to us by executive producer Richard Gordon (Fiend Without a Face, Tower of Evil, Inseminoid) and co-writer and director Antony Balch (Horror Hospital), in his first full length feature. I could go on and list the principle cast within the film, but there really isn't one, and listing all the actors would be an exercise in tedium as there are a great number of them, none standing out above any of the others...besides the characters were relatively insignificant in terms of their relationship to the stories in general, like puppets on strings...I don't mean this in a derogatory sense, but just as a matter of opinion.

As the movie begins, we see a buxom, nekkid blonde (the erotic) playing ring around the rosy with two nekkid men (the horror)...then we cut to an actual story, one that took place many years ago involving a man coming home to learn his younger wife may have hidden a lover in a large, wooden trunk. Rather than opening it to find out, he has it buried by his servants, which signals the end of that piece and the beginning of the credits, played over scenes of a woman in a black leather outfit removing her clothes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, it is odd February 26, 2006
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Bizarre (better known as Secrets of Sex) is certainly Bizarre, actually more Bizarre than it is good. You may well find the best reason for owning this disk is for the pristine print of Towers Open Fire, director, Antony Balch's experimental collaboration with William S. Borroughs'.

Bizarre, features a dingy "mummy" wrapped head to toe in Ace bandages, who narrates tales of sexual oneupmanship between men and women. These anecdotes (I wouldn't call them stories) are offbeat, and play like Love American Style throwaways (In this case London Style), with their own loopy sexual politics and ample nudity (male and female). You don't feel at any point that writer/director, Balch is ripping you off, more so that he is flying off on bewildering tangents that amuse him more you. Still, it is a unique film and a rather interesting misfire well presented here by Synapse.
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